Mark Young

About Author:
Once upon a time, Mark Young was a film critic for a student newspaper at the University of Chicago, where his greatest accomplishment was being so late for a screening that he ran into a theater and collided with Roger Ebert. Today Mark lives and works in New York City, where he blogs reviews of films shown at his local Movie Klub. He loves to get feedback on his reviews, and the quickest way into his good graces is to reference the filmography of Jim Kelly. His first novel, THE QUESTION BLADE, is now available in the Apple iBookstore and the Kindle Store.

Website: http://movieklubny.wordpress.com

Tribeca 2014: ‘Extraterrstrial’ is neither as scary nor as funny is it ought to be

Tribeca 2014: ‘Extraterrstrial’ is neither as scary nor as funny is it ought to be

One reasonable response to the credits of the horror film 'Extraterrestrial' might be, “‘A film by The Vicious Brothers’? Are these guys for real?” Naturally,…

‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ is a handsome-looking presentation of standard material

‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ is a handsome-looking presentation of standard material

If your knowledge of pop music is similar to mine, then you’ve heard of glam-rocker Alice Cooper but know almost nothing about him.…

‘Art and Craft’ writes itself with its mysterious subject

‘Art and Craft’ writes itself with its mysterious subject

Mark Landis is a con artist. The documentary about his odd life, Art and Craft, makes that abundantly clear. But Landis hasn’t spent a day…

‘Summer of Blood’ is the most amiable vampire movie you’ll find

‘Summer of Blood’ is the most amiable vampire movie you’ll find

New York-based artist Onur Tukel wrote, directed, edited, and stars in the Tribeca premiere 'Summer of Blood,' but don’t confuse him with Tommy Wiseau because…

‘The Final Member’ is frustrating more often than funny

‘The Final Member’ is frustrating more often than funny

Thirty-seven years ago, if the new documentary 'The Final Member' is to be believed, an Icelandic college professor named Sigurdur Hjartarson received a bull's penis…

Tribeca 2014: ‘Time is Illmatic’ is one of the great rap documentaries

Tribeca 2014: ‘Time is Illmatic’ is one of the great rap documentaries

'Time is Illmatic' succeeds as a documentary because it has almost zero focus on such oddities of the music business. Illmatic became one of the…

Tribeca 2014: ‘Gabriel’ captures the unpredictability of mental illness

Tribeca 2014: ‘Gabriel’ captures the unpredictability of mental illness

The stereotype of mental illness on film is not too dissimilar from the stereotype of mental retardation put forward by the film 'Tropic Thunder': Successful…

Tribeca 2014: ‘In Order of Disappearance’ is a bleak comedy of revenge

Tribeca 2014: ‘In Order of Disappearance’ is a bleak comedy of revenge

In the opening shot of the Norwegian crime thriller 'In Order of Disappearance,' a plow thunders down a Scandinavian country road, clearing the path with…

Tribeca 2014: ‘Pelo Malo’ puts a moving allegory for tolerance in front of a gorgeous slum backdrop

Tribeca 2014: ‘Pelo Malo’ puts a moving allegory for tolerance in front of a gorgeous slum backdrop

The very worst thing about homophobia is that, because gender and sexuality are as much social constructs as biology, it can target anyone without the…

Tribeca 2014: ‘The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq’ lacks the acting to deliver on its odd premise

Tribeca 2014: ‘The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq’ lacks the acting to deliver on its odd premise

On September 16, 2011, the family and friends of French novelist Michel Houellebecq lost contact with him. Houellebecq went missing for several days, long enough…

‘Sabotage’ is soaked in blood, testosterone, tension, and maturity

‘Sabotage’ is soaked in blood, testosterone, tension, and maturity

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s newest film, 'Sabotage', is violent. Violent in a way that they rarely make ’em anymore. Violent in a way that only the star…

‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ is a fine mix of imagination, passion, and insanity

‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ is a fine mix of imagination, passion, and insanity

"I've seen Jodorowsky's 'Dune'," director Nicholas Winding Refn announces early on in the new documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune", "and it is awesome." Of course, neither Refn…

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